What I Read | January 2017

Go me! I read five books this month! Well, if we’re being technical, and I guess we can go there, I *listened* to three books, and *read* two books. But whatever, it’s all good to me.


The Vegetarian, by Han Kang

Not as weird as it was sold to me as, but I liked it a lot. The ending kind of just petered out a bit, but it didn’t ruin the experience for me all that much. I say, read it if you haven’t yet, but manage your expectations.

All The Birds In The Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders

Speaking of weird… not sure what to make of this one. Still processing, I’ll get back to you.


Dreams From My Father: A Story Of Race And Inheritance, by Barack Obama

You guys. I think I’ve said this a million times already, but the way to ingest this amazing story is to LISTEN to it. Obama narrates it himself, and I was a puddle of tears by the end of it. Obvs.

The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead

Alternatively, I definitely feel like I missed out on an integral part of the experience of this story by audiobooking versus reading it in the traditional sense. I still really loved it, wholeheartedly agree with the mad praise, and think it is certainly worth the hype.

My Name Is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout

Blerg. This one just didn’t do it for me. I think I said it best on Goodreads: “it was fine, I’ve already forgotten.” That about sums it up.


The Man Who Shot My Eye Out Is Dead, by Chanelle Benz

There was nothing really wrong with this, I just wasn’t feeling it. I liked the first story well enough, but then when moving on to the second I could barely make it through a sentence. I definitely think this was a case of “it’s me, not you” so don’t necessarily take my word for it.

What were the best and worst books you read this month?


  • Kailana

    Let me know if you figure out what you think of All the Birds in the Sky….

  • Kate

    Five books and some ‘big’ titles! I’ve just finished an Australian book (Lola Bensky by Lily Brett) that gets canned on Goodreads but I loved it – the reverse of your Lucy Barton experience!

  • I read a LOT of good books in January! My worst one was probably Sabina Murray’s massive historical fiction book Valiant Gentlemen (it wasn’t bad, just everything else was super good), and my best I thiiiiink was Marjorie Liu’s A+ comic Monstress. Loved it.

  • Oooooh, I didn’t realize Obama read his book! MUST listen to it now! MUST!